ma·ter·ni·ty /məˈtɝnətɪ/ 名詞
1. The state of being a mother; motherhood.
2. The character of a mother; maternal quality; motherliness.
n 1: the state of being pregnant; the period from conception to
birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her
uterus [syn: pregnancy, gestation]
2: the kinship relation between an offspring and the mother
3: the quality of having or showing the tenderness and warmth
and affection of or befitting a mother; "the girl's
motherliness made her invaluable in caring for the
children" [syn: motherliness, maternalism, maternal